Weddings, functions & photography

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens offers a number of spectacular locations to choose from for your wedding or civil union. Make your once-in-a-lifetime moment unforgettable in our stunning setting.

Botanic Gardens Wedding Water Garden 700

For all bookings, please contact us. You will also need permission to film and photograph.

It is essential that you book your wedding or photo session. Please note that payment must be made at the time of booking. 

Wedding locations

Choose from five outdoor spaces and enjoy the ambience of a wedding or civil union in our breathtaking natural surrounds.

Opening and closing times.

Wedding location Description Capacity Parking
Azalea and Magnolia garden Ideal for a spring wedding, this area of lawns, shrubs and trees features magnificent flowering magnolias in September and fiery azaleas in October. 100 Riccarton Avenue car park 
Cockayne Memorial Garden Beautiful year-round, this intimate, private and sheltered garden features native plants surrounding a circular lawn. 50 Riccarton Avenue car park 

Daffodil Woodland

Drifts of daffodils beneath flowering cherry trees create the ideal backdrop for a romantic spring wedding. In summer, the large trees provide gloriously cool shade.

100+ Riccarton Avenue car park
Pinetum

Large conifer trees provide greenery and fragrance year-round at this informal woodland setting.

100 Riccarton Avenue car park
Water Garden Lawn Mature trees and spring-flowering shrubs provide a natural framing and a special niche for your ceremony. 100 Riccarton Avenue car park

Wedding Location Map

Seating and music

To maintain the beautiful, natural setting of these locations we ask that you please refrain from using chairs, props, amplified music or decorations such as confetti and petals. Acoustic or a small portable music player is acceptable, but please consider other visitors to the Gardens while you are there. 

While chairs for all your guests are not permitted, twelve chairs for elderly or disabled guests are allowed. A small table for signing the register is also acceptable.

It is essential that you book your wedding or photo session. Please note that payment must be made at the time of booking. 

Access

Vehicle access is not allowed. For elderly or disabled guests, the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre has three mobility scooters and two wheelchairs available for free for up to three hours. They must be pre-booked by calling the Visitor Centre on (03) 941 7590 prior to the day to ensure availability, and must be returned by 4:45pm the same day.

The closest parking to the Visitor Centre is the Armagh Street car park.

Function room

This stunning, light-filled space is the perfect location for your corporate, private, or community event.

Botaninc Gardens function room

All enquiries

If you are interested in booking the Botanic Gardens function room and require more information on prices and availability, please contact:

Lauri Brouwer
Good Company 
Events Manager
eventsgoodcompany@gmail.com
022 436 6571
(external link)

Wedding photography

All year round the Gardens make an idyllic backdrop to capture your wedding memories.

Other beautiful garden settings can be found at Mona Vale and other garden and heritage park locations.

Book

There is no charge for wedding photography at the Botanic Gardens but you must make a booking. For all bookings, please contact us.

Printed confirmation of your booking must be carried by your photographer on the day.

Some areas are off-limits for photographs. These are:

  • Conservatories
  • Central Rose Garden
  • Areas booked for other wedding ceremonies.

When taking photos, please remember the Botanic Gardens is a public place so the rights of all visitors must be respected. Photo sessions should not obstruct visitors, for example when people move across bridges and along pathways.

Terms and conditions of use [PDF, 104 KB].

Terms and conditions

Conditions for the use of facilities and/or grounds of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale apply to wedding and civil union ceremonies and photos.

  • No vehicles are permitted beyond the public carpark.
  • No amplified sound or music unless authorisation is sought and approval given.
  • All ceremonies are limited to 12 chairs and a small signing table only.
  • No decorations, balloons, rice, birdseed or confetti are allowed.
  • All people (includes photographers) must keep to the pathways and lawn areas and must not stand on or among any of the plant collections.
  • Items must not be attached to trees, buildings or other fixed structures.
  • Marquees and other structures (including free standing umbrellas) are not permitted.
  • At the Botanic Gardens, no photographs are to be taken in the Conservatories, the central Rose Garden or other sites in the Gardens which have been booked for other wedding ceremonies.
  • At Mona Vale, no photographs are to be taken in the Fernery, Rose Garden, Bath House or other sites in Mona Vale which have been booked by other wedding ceremonies. 
  • Christchurch City Council bylaws apply across the the Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale under all conditions.

Important information

  • We advise all wedding and civil union ceremony and photo session parties to book alternative back-up wet weather venues.
  • Please note that as the Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale are public gardens, no part may be hired exclusively.
  • As a site hirer or user, the organiser should be aware that other non-related activities may be occurring in or in close proximity to the booked area during your period of use.
  • Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale staff aim for a high standard within the grounds. However, sometimes there may be maintenance work within or close by the areas booked.
  • Last minute bookings may mean that the area booked might not have been recently maintained. 

Cancellations

  • If your event is cancelled due to bad weather you must call us on (03) 941 8999 the next working day to let us know. We can either re-book, cancel the invoice or refund if payment has already been made. If you do not contact us by the next working day you will not be able to get a refund.
  • The Christchurch City Council also reserves the right to cancel any bookings due to circumstances beyond its control. In the event of severe weather conditions – particularly high winds, the Botanic Gardens or Mona Vale may be closed at short notice.

Contact

Phone (03) 941 8999 or email info@ccc.govt.nz.

Printable version of the Botanic Gardens map and terms and conditions [PDF, 104 KB] [PDF 107KB].